“Disability (in) Literature in North Carolina" Special Feature Section

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
North Carolina Literary Review
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The North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) is seeking submissions of interviews and literary criticism for a special feature section on the theme of “Disability (in) Literature in North Carolina" for its 2024 issues.  Many North Carolina writers have written about their own experiences with chronic illness or disability, from Reynolds Price’s meditations on the spinal cancer that rendered him paraplegic in A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing (1994) to James Tate Hill’s recent memoir Blind Man’s Bluff (2021) about his experiences with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. Other writers have depicted disability experiences through their characters, such as the disabled, institutionalized Silvaney in Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies (1988) or the various forms of disability experienced by characters in Charles Chesnutt’s The Conjure Stories (1899). We consider literature authored by writers currently living in North Carolina, those who have lived in the state previously, and/or those who use North Carolina as subject matter. North Carolina Literary Review is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes creative and critical work. Please email queries and proposals to the guest editor (Casey Kayser) at ckayser@uark.edu, ideally by Dec. 15, 2022, to help with planning the issue. Final essays will be due Aug. 31, 2023. For more information about submitting to NCLR, click here: https://nclr.ecu.edu/submissions/